Gulf Coast

A transformation has taken place at U.S. ports along Gulf of Mexico. Those devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were forced to rebuild. Gulfport’s work is not yet finished. The Great Recession further impacted the region’s economy. The new bigger locks the Panama Canal offer hope for a resurgence of shipping activity along the U.S. Gulf Coast as ports gear up for new trade from Asia. While some ports are building container volumes in north-south trade and on routes to and from Europe, the Mediterranean, Mideast and Africa, others are targeting growth in breakbulk cargoes, and one port — Corpus Christi — is poised to see explosive growth in energy-based exports. With billions of dollars of agriculture products, pharmaceuticals and manufactured goods crossing the U.S. border with Mexico each year, logistics companies and railroads are looking at ways to ease and expand the flow of trade with the U.S.’s southern neighbor. This page includes information about the ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the region’s infrastructure projects, its trade and company supply chains.

News & Analysis

14 Oct 2016
Hanjin Shipping’s failure put a noticeable dent in US import volumes.
29 Sep 2014
The Port of Antwerp is deepening its collaboration with the Port of Houston to include joint marketing and business development.
15 Sep 2014
Work is scheduled to begin in October on a $30 million dredging project to widen a bend at the entrance of the channel at Port Freeport, Texas, in order to allow transit by larger ships.
11 Sep 2014
Ports on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts and in British Columbia continue to benefit from unsettled longshore labor negotiations on the U.S. West Coast.
02 Sep 2014
Dredging to restore the ship channel at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, to its authorized 36-foot depth has begun after years of delays.
Aerial photo of Port of Mobile showing land Alabama is acquiring for expansion.
26 Aug 2014
The Alabama State Port Authority has paid $25 million to acquire a 35-acre dockside tract for future expansion of Mobile’s container terminal and a 63-acre industrial site a half-mile from the harbor.


The reaction of shippers to West Coast longshore labor disruption is evolving in such a way that West Coast ports have reason for concern.